Automotive

Reviews of products for scale automotive models, including motorcycles and motorized vehicles.

Ford FD-100 Pickup

Published: August 14th, 2017     
Ford FD-100 Pickup
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1:25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The "Effie" pickup trunk have always held me in awe, possibly because a long time ago in another life, I was building a '53 into a street machine.

Engine

The engine appears to be a small block Ford with Roush refinements.  The parts fit very well.  I was unable to put the supplied Rouch decals on the valve covers because my decal sheet disintegrated.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint.  Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting.  The interior is also flocked.  There are no options for the interior but it is extremely well done for such a small space.

Hitachi Zaxis 135US Excavator

Published: August 4th, 2017     
Hitachi Zaxis 135US Excavator
Reviewed by: Bill O’Malley, IPMS# 46473
Scale: 1:36
Company: Hasegawa

This is not a highly-detailed kit, but can be an entertaining build for both less experienced and more advanced modelers. Less experienced modelers will enjoy the ease of assembly, and can build the kit without painting. More advanced modelers looking for construction equipment will find the kit to be an opportunity for some extreme weathering.

Background

This is the second kit Hasegawa has produced based on the Hitachi tracked excavator. The first was the Double Arm Working Machine Astaco Neo released in 2015 and updated in 2017 with new parts. This new Hitachi Zaxis kit retains the grasping claw from the Double Arm kit, but adds an excavator bucket and dozer blade as additional options.

The Zaxis 135US-6 excavator is used by contractors needing a tight tail-swing radius to work in confined areas around obstacles. The excavator is equipped with an Isuzu engine.

Kit Contents

The kit comes on multicolored sprues so it is possible to have a nice-looking model without painting. The kit has 175 parts including the following:

Cust ’69 Corvette Coupe Yenko

Published: July 22nd, 2017     
Cust ’69 Corvette Coupe Yenko
Reviewed by: Jim Stepanek, IPMS# 48016
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

There's always been a soft spot in my heart for '69 Corvettes. I don't know why, but maybe because they look so darn sexy.

Engine

We have a 427ci engine under the hood with 3 2 barrel carbs. There's also an option for a single 4 barrel and different air cleaner. That chrome triangle looks better than a round semi-gloss black thing.

Interior

Door panel and dash engraving was very crisp and easy to detail paint. Side panels are separate pieces which makes for easier painting. The interior is also flocked. There are no options for the interior. You can make only a stock interior.

2016 Corvette Stingray

Published: June 23rd, 2017     
2016 Corvette Stingray
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1/25
Company: Revell, Inc.

The Kit

This review covers the 2016 Corvette Stingray 1:25 Scale Revell Kit #85-4425. It's a Skill Level 4 kit for the intermediate builder requiring glue and paint. There are 57 parts molded in white, clear, chrome and transparent red and metal axles with easy-to-follow instructions and waterslide decals. The kit features a detailed LT-1 V-8 engine, multi-piece chassis, and soft black tires. Overall finished dimensions are approximately: Length: 7", Width: 31/4", Height: 2".

Construction and Detailing

Construction of this kit begins with the motor and although it is fairly detailed it is a simple construction that is easily built. The sad fact is that you can't really see the motor after it is placed into the engine bay just like the real thing! The chassis offers some areas for detail although the construction is very simplified. Painting the separate exhaust, A-arms, and one-piece suspensions gives the flat back chassis pan some color differentiation. Construction goes pretty quickly here.

Grim Reaper Chopper by Tom Daniels

Published: June 10th, 2017     
Grim Reaper Chopper by Tom Daniels
Reviewed by: Doug Cole, IPMS# 46605
Scale: 1:8
Company: Monogram

Background

The Grim Reapers description on Revell's website sums up the premise best, "The baddest of the bad is back and hotter than ever. Tom Daniel's devilishly designed Grim Reaper still has that mean, classic look 40 years after it was designed. The Grim Reaper starts with raked, custom, square-tubular forks and cool, dual-square headlights. Then, there's the "coffin" shaped gas tank on the custom frame with custom stitched seat, and "Iron Cross" medallion. It's all powered by a classic V-twin motor with down-swept chrome pipes. Kit features tons of chrome parts, flexible tubing for wiring, swing out kick stand, and soft black tires".

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